Six "Accelerated" Scenes From Around SLAC

Fly down the LCLS and more in new time lapses

April 2, 2012

Many scientists at SLAC do their research on ultrafast time scales, so it seems appropriate to “accelerate” some scenes from around the laboratory. This collection of six time lapses shows a variety of SLAC scenes, from a ride down the length of the LCLS to a bustling shift change at the Main Control Center to clouds moving over SLAC hillsides.

All of these time lapses – produced by SLAC Multimedia Communications and Bay Area photographer Matt Beardsley – are posted on the SLAC YouTube and Flickr pages, and there are plans to add more in the future. For those with high internet speeds, the videos are best viewed in HD quality using your full screen.

LCLS “Fly-Down”

This time lapse takes you down the length of the world’s highest energy free electron X-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The facility is shown end to end (though the upstream accelerator portion is not included). The parts traveled are, in order, the Beam Switch Yard, Beam Transport Hall, Undulator Hall, Beam Dump, Front End Enclosure, Near Experimental Hall stations, X-ray Tunnel and Far Experimental Hall stations, all of which are underground. The clip covers about half a mile in 73 seconds.

Klystron Gallery with Interstate 280 Bridge

This shot looks west down SLAC's nearly 2-mile-long Klystron Gallery building toward the Santa Cruz mountains after a couple of days of spring rain. The Klystron Gallery houses 284 klystrons that pump in energy to accelerate the electron beam.

Main Control Center Shift Change

SLAC's Main Control Center (MCC) is the center of the action when it comes to running the lab's major accelerator facilities. This shift change at the control consoles was filmed in late February 2012.

Low Sun Over LCLS

This view overlooks SLAC's eastern reaches, where the subterranean LCLS experiment stations reside. The building in the foreground is the former home of the SLAC Large Detector (SLD, which stopped taking data in 1998), which is now used as office space and equipment storage. The newer LCLS facility, which began operations in 2009, runs beneath the hill behind the SLD building. The entrance tunnel to the Far Experimental Hall is visible, tucked into the hillside at left.

RSB Construction

SLAC's newest building, the Research Support Building (RSB), takes shape as the last members of the steel frame are put into place. Slated for completion in 2013, the RSB will serve as home to the lab's Accelerator Directorate.

Afternoon Sky in the SLAC Hills

The final time lapse shows an afternoon view of rolling hills. The LCLS Near Experiment Hall lies directly below this spot. The LCLS Office Building can be seen in the distance, below the tree in the right foreground.